Looking for some action? Several racetracks dot the Northern California landscape with live motorsports almost every weekend April through September. Some even get rolling in February and race until October.Whether you prefer asphalt or dirt, there's something for every gearhead at every speed, from quarter-midgets to dragsters.
Here are links to some of the many tracks within about three hours of the Sacramento area:
All American SpeedwayWeb site: www.allamericanspeedway.com
800 All American City Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95678Hotline:
One-third-mile paved oval. Hosts Whelen NASCAR All-American weekly series, Grand National West Series, stocks and sprints plus several other divisions. Saturday night racing March 29-Oct. 11.
Altamont Motorsports Park
17001 Midway Road
Tracy, CA 95376Office:
2455 Naglee Road #405
Tracy, CA 95304Phone:
(925) 371-RACE (7223)Notes:
The Motorsports Park contains a variety of different racetrack configurations including an in interlocking half-mile paved oval, quarter-mile oval, 1.1-mile road course and a figure-eight track. The main course is the largest oval racetrack north of Los Angeles. Program includes NASCAR Grand National West Series and weekly series plus other stock car racing, USAC sprint cars and more. Season runs April 5-Oct. 25.
American Valley SpeedwayWeb sites: www.americanvalleyspeedway.com http://web.mac.com/curtnieman/Site/Welcome.html
Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds
204 Fairgrounds Road
Quincy, CA 95971
P.O. Box 1370
Quincy, CA 95971Phone:
Second largest dirt track in California. Hosts pro stock, mini stocks, sprints and go-karts. Track is 3/8-mile clay oval. Season runs May 3-Aug. 23. Promoter: Curt Nieman,firstname.lastname@example.org
Roy Hayer Memorial SpeedwayWeb site: http://www.capitolqma.com
800 G. St.
Rio Linda, CA 95673Phone:
Home of the Capitol Quarter Midget Association. Founded in 1954, the 1/10th mile dirt oval has produced many professional racers, such as Jeff Gordon and Paul McMahan. Caters to kids, ages 5 to 17, who want to learn racing. Weekend practice sessions and racing, mid-March through October.
Infineon RacewayWeb site: www.infineonraceway.com
Hwys. 37 and 121, SonomaPhone:
Historic 2.12-mile road course plus quarter-mile drag strip. NASCAR (Sprint Cup and Grand National West), NHRA, IndyCar, Grand-Am, AMA Superbike plus several weekly and special events.
Lakeport SpeedwayWeb site: http://www.lakeportspeedway.com/
Lake County Fairgrounds
401 Martin Street
Lakeport, CA 95453Phone:
Quarter-mile semi-banked paved oval. Series includes Bombers (NCRA), Mini Stocks, Modifieds (NCRA), Street Stocks, Late Models and more. Season runs mid-April through October.
Madera SpeedwayWeb site: http://www.racemadera.com/ Hotline:
(559) 673-RACEOffice phone:
One-third-mile paved oval. Hosts NASCAR Whelen All-American weekly late-model series plus Grand American Modifieds, Sportsman, Toyota Sedans, Pure Stocks, Jr. Grand American Modifieds and more. Season runs late March through October.
Marysville Raceway ParkWeb site: http://www.marysvilleracewaypark.com
1468 Simpson Lane
Marysville, CA 95901Phone:
Formerly Twin Cities Speedway. Newly configured quarter-mile clay oval. Hosts Winged Pacific 360 Sprints, Wingless Spec Sprints, Stock Cars, Mini Stocks, Modifieds, Extreme Bombers, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Dwarf Cars, SORA Sprint 100s, Western All Stars Late Models, BCRA Midget Lites and more.
Mazda Raceway Laguna SecaWeb site: http://www.laguna-seca.com/
1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway
Salinas, CA 93908Phone:
(800) 327-SECA (7322)Notes:
Operated by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula. Historic 2.238-mile road course hosts major open-wheel and motorcycle racing as well as vintage sports cars and other events. Schedule runs May through October.
Placerville SpeedwayWeb site: http://www.johnpadjenmotorsports.com/placerville/index.html
El Dorado County Fairgrounds
100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667Phone:
(530) 626-3680Administration: Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 4:30pm704 Vine Avenue
Roseville, CA 95678Phone:
(916) 783-RACE (916-783-7223)Notes:
Quarter-mile dirt track known for its sprint car racing. Hosts the California Sprint Car Civil War Series, Golden State Challenge and King of California series. Also hosts weekly pro stocks, pure stocks and other racing. Promoter is John Padjen. Season runs March through September.
Sacramento RacewayWeb site: http://www.sacramentoraceway.com
5305 Excelsior Road
Sacramento, CA 95827Phone:
(916) 363-2653 or (916) 366-7368Notes:
Quarter-mile drag strip. Season runs March through October. Runs several different NHRA divisions plus nostalgia and street legal drags.
Shasta RacewayWeb site: http://www.shastaracewaypark.net
1890 Briggs Street
Anderson, CA 96007Notes:
Three-eighths-mile paved oval, reconfigured in 2004. Series includes Hornets, Bombers, Legends, Mini Stocks, Modifieds and Late Models. Season runs late March through October. Promoter is Rick Faeth, (408) 499-6845.
Silver Dollar SpeedwayWeb site: http://www.johnpadjenmotorsports.com/silverDollar/index.html
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
37 Fair Street
Chico, CA 95928Phone:
(530) 891-6535Administration: Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00am to 4:30pm
704 Vine Avenue
Roseville, CA 95678Phone:
(916) 783-RACE (916-783-7223)Notes:
Quarter-mile clay oval hosts the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series each September for the Gold Cup Race of Champions with the 55th running set for Sept. 3-8, 2008. Also, hosts weekly sprint-car racing and other series including dirt modifieds, pure stocks and enduros. Promoter is John Padjen. Season runs March through September.
Thunderbowl RacewayWeb site: http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com
Tulare County Fairgrounds
Bardsley Ave & K Street
Tulare, CA 93274Phone:
One-third-mile semi-banked clay oval. Hosts World of Outlaws sprint car series in March as well as California Sprint Car Civil War Series plus weekly Golden State Challenge and King of California sprint car racing, USAC, modifieds. Season runs late February through October.
Ukiah SpeedwayWeb site: http://www.ukiahspeedway.com
Redwood Empire Fairgrounds
1055 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482Phone:
Quarter-mile asphalt oval. Offers weekly stock-car series including Modifieds, Modifieds, Bombers, Pure Stocks, Mini Stocks, Late Models. Season runs April through October.